Chen Zhuo, 1978 and Huang Keyi, 1980 are born in
Changsha, Hunan province.
1998~2003: Undergraduate student of Architecture Department in Central Academy of Fine Arts 2003~2006: Graduate student of Digital-media in Central Academy of Fine Arts. Master
1999~2003: Undergraduate student of printmaking Department in Central Academy of Fine Arts
2003~2006: Graduate student of printmaking Department in Central Academy of Fine Arts. Master Degree
“This is an age of craziness. We have no choice but to be insanely excited and scream and shake as we go faster and faster.” – Chen Zhuo & Huang Keyi
Friends since childhood, Chen Zhuo and Huang Keyi find digital photography and Photoshop the perfect marriage of media for their exuberant view of the new China. Taking up to a month over each picture, they integrate real and virtual images, duplicating here and erasing there. In the process, they say, “some of our works become more real than reality, while others convert reality into fiction.” The ‘China Carnival’ and ‘Super Factory’ series not only portray the country as a frenzied fun park where Chairman Mao gives his blessing to roller-coaster riders, overseeing romantic love merging happily against a sky so blue to be true, but also marking the fast paced progress and to changes of the modern Chinese society. Most of the images are painstakingly assembled tableaux of hundreds of doppelgangers interacting against the backdrop of a simulated, synthesized reality, born of the shared imaginings of the artists. Although the general tones of the works are celebratory, even delirious; the duo has deliberately inserted darkly ironic and controversial references to represent a more conflicted Chinese history throughout the series